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Marjorie Janet (Wentz) Olson

Dec 5, 2020

Oct. 28, 1932 – Nov. 27, 2020

Marjorie Janet (Wentz)

Olson was born on Oc-

tober 28, 1932 at home on

her parents, John and

Veronica (Busch) Wentz,

farm near Esmond, North

Dakota. She died at the

age of 88 years on Friday,

November 27, 2020 at the

Heart of America Care

Center in Rugby, North


When Marjorie was 3,

her parents moved to a

farm near Berwick, North

Dakota where she and her

siblings attended school

at Oppen’s Corner. At the

age of 10, her family

moved to Edmore and a

year later moved to a farm

near Starkweather. On

September 9, 1952, she

was united in marriage to

Donald LeRoy Olson in

Devils Lake. The couple

lived a short time in De-

vils Lake and in 1956,

they moved to White Hall,

Montana, where Don

worked as a miner in the

copper mines They lived

there briefly until moving

to Butte, Montana, which

is where the mine was lo-

cated. North Dakota was

calling them back, so they

lived a couple of places

before moving to Rugby.

In Rugby, Marjorie took

the job as pastry chef at

the Hanbury Cafe-no one

could make a better pie

than Marge! In 1971, they

bought a farm just south

of Balta and they started

milking cows and farming

small grains. They

seemed to have found

their true calling as they

milked as the herd grew

to around 75 cows.

Marjorie would use her

skills to do whatever was

needed to get things done;

from being a great wife,

mother, housekeeper, gar-

dener, canning goodies,

along with the yard work.

Marge hated dandelions

and would spend hours in

the yard digging them out.

She helped in the fields

and ran for parts along

with all those other crazy

jobs that are called upon

as a farm wife. You could

find both Don and Marge

out in the barn every

morning and night, as a

team. She was known for

her pies and pastry’s, but

her fried chicken and

homemade borscht soup

were to die for. Almost

every holiday was held at

the farm and no one ever

went away hungry. Mar-

jorie loved to read, as her

family knows, she has

read over a thousand

books and kept the Rugby

Library busy. She also

loved to do embroidery

work. She was a devoted

Catholic and taught her

children from an early age

how important the need

for faith in Our Lord Jesus


Marjorie is survived by

six children, Luann

(Timothy) Johnson of

Rugby, Connie (Terry)

Grove of Rugby, Judy

Muffenbier of Aneta,

James (Donna) Olson of

West Fargo, Ron (Marcy)

Olson of Hazen and

Cheryl (Allen) Hager of

Anamoose; 15 grandchil-

dren, 28 great grandchil-

dren; nieces, nephews;

other relatives and

friends. She was preced-

ed in death by her hus-

band, Donald; three

daughters, Donna Nelson,

Carol Olson and Karen Ol-

son; three grandchildren,

Dayson Gross, Sean Muf-

fenbier and Dawn Nelson;

a sister, Loretta

Schumacher; six brothers,

Leonard, Wendell, Larry,

Dennis, Donald and Ken-

neth Wentz and her


Mass of Christian Buri-

al will be held at 2:00

p.m. Monday, December

7th at Little Flower

Catholic Church in Rugby

with burial in the church

cemetery. Father Franklin

Miller, Celebrant.

Visitation will be on

Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to

7:00 p.m. with a rosary

and vigil prayer service

beginning at 7:00 p.m. at

the Anderson Funeral

Home in Rugby. Visita-

tion will continue Mon-

day from 9:00 a.m. to

12:00 noon at the funeral

home. There will no re-

viewal in the church.

Organist: Angie De-


Vocal leader/Cantor:

Robert Graber

Casket Bearers: Darrick

Johnson, Justin Olson,

Ross Olson, Mike Graner,

Jordan Tripp & David


Due to Covid-19 restric-

tions, please follow the

guidelines of mandatory

facial coverings, social

distancing, hand hygiene

and staying home if not


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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